Cole picks out coaching skill which makes Conte ‘exceptional’

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The former Chelsea forward has been impressed by the ease in which the Italian has been able to get his message across in the Premier League

Joe Cole has hailed Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as “exceptional” as the Italian continues to chase down the Premier League title in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

The former Juventus boss arrived in England last summer with a reputation as one of the finest coaching minds around, but questions were inevitably asked of his ability to reproduce the successes of his past in new surroundings.

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A slow start to his Blues reign heightened the focus on a man renowned for his passion and man-management.

Conte, though, has shown that he boasts the tactical nous to work his way through a challenge, with a switch to his favoured 3-4-3 system delivering handsome rewards.

He has also managed to keep most of the egos at his disposal in check, with Cole impressed by the manner in which the 47-year-old has gone about his business and opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

Antonio Conte

The three-time Premier League title winner told CFC Fan TV: “You’ve got to give him credit, he’s come over to a new country and his language is good, but it must be so hard because he’s such an expressive man. 

“I imagine most of his management skills are his emotional connection and how he speaks to people and to go to another country and do that shows how exceptional he is.

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“Already his team has got his personality. They look strong. You can’t see anything else than Chelsea winning the league now.”

Cole admits an untimely knock to star striker Diego Costa, who was back among the goals against Hull City last time out following a potentially distracting saga regarding his future, could derail Chelsea’s title bid.

Diego Costa Chelsea Hull City

He is, however, confident that the Blues are the strongest side in England and a squad that remains the envy of their closest challengers – including capital foes Tottenham.

“The only thing that would make me a little bit nervous is if Costa picks up a long-term injury,” the former England international added.

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“And the other thing is that Tottenham look like a good team this year, which is bad news.

“Harry Kane and Dele Alli would get into most teams around the world. But apart from that, I think Chelsea are still a good couple of years ahead of them.”

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